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Film Festivals On The Brink And Over The Edge

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I had to do a double-take when I saw the headline yesterday: GEN ART TO CLOSE ITS DOORS AFTER SIXTEEN YEARS. The Gen Art organization, which organizes networking and exhibition events for film, music and fashion in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and several other cities, is closing its doors? After what was an amazingly successful New York festival just two weeks ago? Well, the news apparently is true and joins a wave of bad news for specialized events around the USA (and probably the wor...

Film Festivals On The Brink And Over The Edge

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  I had to do a double-take when I saw the headline yesterday: GEN ART TO CLOSE ITS DOORS AFTER SIXTEEN YEARS. The Gen Art organization, which organizes networking and exhibition events for film, music and fashion in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and several other cities, is closing its doors? After what was an amazingly successful New York festival just two weeks ago? Well, the news apparently is true and joins a wave of bad news for specialized events around the USA (and p...

NEWSLETTER N° 463: April 29, 2010

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............. WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 463: April 29, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly The Future of Cinema Salon returns to Cannes Filmfestivals.com and Xomo present the Future of Festivals...its Digital !  Mingle Talk and Wine tasting at the Spa des Stars (next to Gray d'Albion) May 19th 7: 30 -9:00 CALLING ALL FESTIVAL ORGANIZERS ATTENDING CANNES...

IMMIGRATION TANGO wins best film & actor at Boston International Film Festival

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   Immigration Tango, a new romantic comedy starring Madonna's ex Carlos Leon (Oz, Law & Order) and Boston resident Elika Portnoy, won the Boston International Film Festival's award for both best picture and best actor Carlos Leon at the closing ceremony on Sunday, April 25. The film simultaneously screened April 25 and 26 at the Palm Beach International Film Festival to standing room only audiences. Directed by David Burton Morris, the story revolves around two couples-...

Palm Beach FF Award Winners

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  Despite being faced with serious financial adversity and some torrential downpours, the 15th edition of the Palm Beach International Film Festival ended on Monday in an optimistic spirit of independent film camaraderie as over 70 filmmakers from around the world enjoyed welcoming audiences, shared their experiences and attended fabulous parties. After a week of screenings, the jury votes were tallied to determine the winners for Best Feature Film, Best Documentary and Best Short Fil...

Life Lessons At Palm Beach FF

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  TEN STORIES TALL (David Garrett, USA) It was perhaps an unconscious choice, but several of the films I caught at this year’s Palm Beach International Film Festival dealt with the sense of fragility and vulnerability that is at the core of human experience. In these films, characters face the realities of mortality and unfulfilled dreams with the kind of courage and grace that made a deep impression on audiences. If films teach life lessons, and I wholeheartedly t...

Palm Beach FF Film Debuts

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With nearly 2000 film festivals around the world, the competition to snag World and International the competition in the world of film festivals for World and International Premieres is fierce. This is especially true fo regional film festivals that cannot claim a strong industry component (they are cultural events, mainly for the local community). This weekend alone, there are 4 film festivals in the United States, stretching from California (San Francisco) to New York (Tribeca) to Florida (Mia...

Palm Beach FF Film Debuts

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With nearly 2000 film festivals around the world, the competition to snag World and International The The competition in the world of film festivals for World and International Premieres is fierce. This is especially true fo regional film festivals that cannot claim a strong industry component (they are cultural events, mainly for the local community). This weekend alone, there are 4 film festivals in the United States, stretching from California (San Francisco...

Burt Reynolds To Be Honored Tonight At Palm Beach Film Festival

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  For its distinguished honorees this year, the 15th edition of the Palm Beach International Film Festival pays tribute to a local legend and a star on the rise. This evening at the recently-opened swanky The Omphoy Ocean Resort (www.omphoy.com), the Festival will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to  local Florida legend, actor/director/producer Burt Reynolds.  The Festival's Horizon Award will be given to actor Quinton Aaron, who recently starred opposite Oscar winner Sandra ...

NEWSLETTER N° 462: April 21, 2010

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............. WELCOME TO OUR NEWSLETTER N° 462: April 21, 2010 Follow this LINK if you cannot read the newsletter properly Take Center Stage in Cannes and trust the combined experience of the filmfestivals.com founders promoting your film, festival. Sign up for a free brainstorming around your strategy and objectives. Meanwhile take a look at the following package Cannes Blast Try...

Palm Beach FF Goes Hawaiian

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  The Palm Beach International Film Festival, which begins this evening, is going Hawaiian with its Opening Night attraction of PRINCESS KA'IULANI, a historical drama about a real life heroine in the legacy of the Hawaiian Islands. The biopic stars Q'orianka Kilcher (the star of the Terrence Malick historical epic THE NEW WORLD) as a turn-of-the-century princess caught up in the last days of the Hawaiian monarchy. Set in 1888, the Kingdom of Hawaii is divided by a civil war. Prin...

Sun And Celluloid: A Weekend In Palm Beach

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  Do not pity (nor envy) this pale New Yorker as I leave the cool and rainy climes of my native Manhattan for the sunny paradise of Palm Beach, Florida. Late April brings with it the beginnings of steamy Florida weather, with its peekaboo of sun and clouds, where a torrential rainshower can happen one minute and the sun shining the next is not out of the ordinary. In this dramatic clime, the Palm Beach International Film Festival beckons with its film premieres, snazzy special eve...

Palm Beach FF Winners

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  It was a true celebration of film as the Palm Beach International Film Festival celebrated announced its winners in the categories of Best Feature Film, Best Documentary, Best Short Film and Best Director. The jury for the 14th PBIFF consisted of:  Academy Award-nominated actress Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand & Fog, and the upcoming Stoning of Soraya M.) and Debbie Frank, COO of the Frank Theatres, who judged the Feature Films; Director Aaron Wells (whose film Rock and...

Celebration of film wraps in Palm Beach with awards

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It was a true celebration of film as the Palm Beach International Film Festival celebrated its 14th installment, which took place April 23 – 27, 2009. After five days of screenings, the jury votes were tallied to determine the winners for Best Feature Film, Best Documentary, Best Short Film and Best Director, while audiences voted for their favorite in categories of features, documentaries and shorts. Jury winners were announced at an afternoon press conference, and the Audience Choice Award...

Palm Beach wraps, with award winners announced

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It was a true celebration of film as the Palm Beach International Film Festival celebrated its 14th installment, which took place April 23 – 27, 2009. After five days of screenings, the jury votes were tallied to determine the winners for Best Feature Film, Best Documentary, Best Short Film and Best Director, while audiences voted for their favorite in categories of features, documentaries and shorts. Jury winners were announced at an afternoon press conference, and the Audience Choice Award...

Visions Of Italy in Palm Beach

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When you are part of Italian film royalty, one of the things that you do know is Italian cinema. Veronica De Laurentiis is the daughter of legendary film producer Dino De Laurentiis and neorealist film star Silvana Mangano. With cinema in her blood, she is the perfect programmer for the VISIONS OF ITALY program screening today at the Palm Beach International Film Festival. De Laurentiis, who jet sets between homes in Rome and Los Angeles, has worn many hats in her career. Actress, fashion...

Michael Keaton's Directorial Debut

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Actor Michael Keaton, whose 30-year career has included the outrageous ghost in BEETLEJUICE and Batman in BATMAN RETURNS, is the star and director of THE MERRY GENTLEMAN, which had its East Coast premiere last evening at the Palm Beach International Film Festival. The film, a psychological thriller set around the Christmas Holidays in a gray and unforgiving Chicago, casts Keaton as a hit man with a conscience, whose world is crumbling and whose resolve is beginning to waver. The catalyst for thi...

Visions Of Italy in Palm Beach

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When you are part of Italian film royalty, one of the things that you do know is Italian cinema. Veronica De Laurentiis is the daughter of legendary film producer Dino De Laurentiis and neorealist film star Silvana Mangano. With cinema in her blood, she is the perfect programmer for the VISIONS OF ITALY program screening today at the Palm Beach International Film Festival. De Laurentiis, who jet sets between homes in Rome and Los Angeles, has worn many hats in her career. Actress, fashion design...

Michael Keaton's Directorial Debut

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  Actor Michael Keaton, whose 30-year career has included the outrageous ghost in BEETLEJUICE and Batman in BATMAN RETURNS, is the star and director of THE MERRY GENTLEMAN, which had its East Coast premiere last evening at the Palm Beach International Film Festival. The film, a psychological thriller set around the Christmas Holidays in a gray and unforgiving Chicago, casts Keaton as a hit man with a conscience, whose world is crumbling and whose resolve is beginning to waver. Th...

Documentaries Lift Palm Beach FF

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SEVERE  SEVERE CLEAR   No matter the size of the Festival, and I am including the biggest ones of the bunch in this statement, the quality of the fiction features is generally a mixed bag, but the documentaries never disappoint. The same can be said for the Palm Beach International Film Festival, where this year's documentary lineup is of consistent quality, appealing to audiences of all stripes and  tastes. Social issues mix with personal concerns in the best of these films. I...

Documentaries Lift Palm Beach FF

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No matter the size of the Festival, and I am including the biggest ones of the bunch in this statement, the quality of the fiction features is generally a mixed bag, but the documentaries never disappoint. The same can be said for the Palm Beach International Film Festival, where this year's documentary lineup is of consistent quality, appealing to audiences of all stripes and tastes. Social issues mix with personal concerns in the best of these films. In THE DAY AFTER PEACE, UK director Jeremy...

A Conversation With Director Joel Zwick

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  The Palm Beach International Film Festival, which opens tomorrow evening with the US/Scottish film STONE OF DESTINY, will give local film buffs and visiting film professionals a rare look inside the workings of the film industry courteosy of Festival honoree Joel Zwick. Zwick, who was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1942, cut his early teeth as a writer/director/producer for television, directing episodes of such popular television series as Laverne & Shirley, Mork & Mindy,...

STONE OF DESTINY Opens Palm Beach FF

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STONE OF DESTINY, the latest film from actor-turned-director Charles Martin Smith, will open the 2009 edition of the Palm Beach International Film Festival on Thursday, 23 April. The film, a US/Scottish co-production, retells the fascinating and true story of four young Glaswegian students who, in 1951, outwitted the British authorities in their successful attempt to take back the Stone of Scone - a beloved symbol of Scottish pride. The adventure comedy stars Robert Carlyle (TRAINSPOTTING), Pete...

STONE OF DESTINY Opens Palm Beach FF

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  STONE OF DESTINY, the latest film from actor-turned-director Charles Martin Smith, will open the 2009 edition of the Palm Beach International Film Festival on Thursday, 23 April. The film, a US/Scottish co-production, retells the fascinating and true story of four young Glaswegian students who, in 1951, outwitted the British authorities in their successful attempt to take back the Stone of Scone - a beloved symbol of Scottish pride. The adventure comedy stars Robert Carlyle (TRAINSPOTT...

Palm Beach: a Setting Known As Paradise

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Palm Beach, Florida is more than a place, it is a destination. Synonymous with Florida's exotic beauty as well as a chic resort for the uber-wealthy for more than a century, Palm Beach, the island, and the surrounding county that also bears its name, is a place of wonderment that attracts tourists from all over the U.S. and points beyond. The attraction of being close to (if not a part of) the playground of the super-rich, the area has grown in the past few decades into a destination known for i...

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